Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demands the release of Ukrainian sailors, the crewmembers of the Ukrainian boats ‘Berdyansk’, ‘Nikopol,’ and ‘Yana Kapu’ captured by Russia in the waters of the Black Sea in the evening on November 25, reads the message of the Ministry.
It is noted that the relevant note of protest was directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia on November 27.
‘On November 27, 2018, another note of protest of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in connection with unlawful acts performed by Russia against the servicemen of the Ukrainian Navy… who were captured in a military prison as a result of another act of armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine in the territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone of our state in the Black Sea. The Russian side has been updated with a categorical demand to immediately release the captured citizens of Ukraine from custody and ensure their safe return to their homeland,’ reads the claim.
The Ukrainian side has once again demanded Russia to ensure urgently and fully all the legal rights of the captured citizens of Ukraine, provided for by the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949 on the treatment of prisoners of war, as well as the admission of the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross to them.
Reportedly, “Kyiv District Court” of occupied Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors for two months.
As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.
Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”
Later it was reported that the Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with this military.